Three medals at cross county conference meet
Cristobal Gonzalez, Miguel Carrasco, and Edith Oliden raced to medal winning performances for Schuyler Central High School at the Central Conference Cross County Meet held in Holdrege on Oct. 4.
The Warriors earned third place out of the ten conference schools that competed in the meet while the Lady Warriors finished in eighth.
The boys team finish was even better that what Schuyler Central head coach Rick Carter had anticipated heading into the talented field.
“I was hoping to finish in the top five. I knew we had a chance to beat Seward and York, but didn’t expect to get by Holdrege,” he said. “The Dusters finished second in the Class C division at the UNK Meet and we were running today on their home course.”
In the final standings, Aurora captured the team title scoring 40 points, and Lexington was only three points back with 43. Schuyler notched the third place spot with 65 edging out fourth-place Holdrege with 66 points.
Individually, Gonzalez once again stood out for SCHS with his sixth-place finish in a time of 16:31.71. Miguel Carrasco finished in 13th place with a time of 17:06.99, and his brother Eduardo took 19th place with a time of 17:16.69.
Schuyler’s other three finishers were Hugo Ramon in 27th with a time of 17:36.72, Emmanuel Zuniga in 29th with a time of 17:37.98 and Kenny Castro 44th with a time of 17:37.58.
“Even though he didn’t place, freshman Eduardo Carrasco probably ran his best race for the Warriors,” Carter said. “He continually moved up the entire race. If the race had been another half mile longer, I think he would have made the top 15.
“Obviously, Cristobal Gonzalez and Miguel Carrasco ran great again finishing sixth and 13th respectively. They both continue to run very well. My fourth and fifth runners, sophomore Hugo Roman and freshman Emmanuel Zuniga, ran great races and are closing the gap. They will be key runners in this week’s District Meet at South Sioux.”
In the girls’ 5K event, Oliden continued her streak of top-10 finishes with a ninth-place effort in the time of 20:01.24.
Other runners for the SCHS Lady Warriors were Marisol Deanda in 38th place with a time of 22:27.16, Yessica Rodriguez in 47th place with a time of 23:29.71, Iliana Hernandez in 54th with a time of 25:05.32, Ashley Hernandez in 56th with a time of 25:41.31 and Melissa Escobar in 58th with a time of 26:16.47.
The individual champion for the girls was Keegan Beisel from Seward with a time of 19:13.64. Maya Nachtigal of Aurora captured second-place with a time of 19:14.95, and Madi Smith of Lexington took third-place honors with a time of 19:25.27.
Holdrege notched the team title trophy with 41 points squeaking past second-place Lexington finishing with 42 points. Aurora grabbed third place with 46 points while the Lady Warriors finished in eighth place with 148 points.
The Schuyler boys and girls teams make the long trek to South Sioux City this Thursday in hopes of sending some of their athletes to the state meet in Kearney.
“We are in a very tough District,” noted Coach Carter, “but anything can happen. My boys are practicing very hard and continue to improve. On Thursday we will see if we have improved enough.”